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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Chess Park hosts Match with Sluggers!

Grandmasters duke it out at the United States Chess League tournament this Wednesday – and Chesspark members have the best seats in the house.

This Wednesday, October 15, at 6:30pm (MST), chess fans at every level can log on to Chesspark.com to watch the Chesspark-sponsored Arizona Scorpions take on the Seattle Sluggers in this riveting USCL event. All Chesspark members are welcome – and newcomers can join simply by signing for a free membership, or the $4/month PRO option, which comes with hosted tournaments, speed chess and other perqs. Click to see lineup.

PRO Chesspark members will be invited to an exclusive, post-game Q&A session with Scorpions teammates. "The hope is that this brush with greatness will involve our PRO members on a deep level and inspire them to improve their games," says Jean Hoffman, manager of popular web-based chess communities, Chesspark.com and WuChess.com.

"Prepare to be dazzled," says Hoffman, referring to the USCL's legendary Grandmasters and International Masters, including Seattle Slugger Hikaru Nakamura – one of the world's highest ranked players. He'll be playing in Wednesday's lineup along with other superstars.

"Sponsoring [this event] is a great way to expose our PRO members to that 'Master mentality,'" says Hoffman, who also recently arranged to have Chesspark PRO member tournaments hosted by International Master Attila Turzo on an ongoing basis.

Chesspark.com is a leading Internet Chess community built on an innovative communications platform that combines Jabber Instant Messaging (XMPP) and a flexible, rich web-based Ajax client. Chesspark has hosted over 5 million games and welcomed over 450,000 members to the community since October 2006. Members compete in tournaments, create profiles and join social groups, chat in public and private chat rooms, and have access not only to standard chess but also variants including Chess960, Atomic, Crazy House and Losers. Exhibitions by high-rated players and private lessons from masters enable students and novices to improve their skills.

WuChess.com was inspired by the Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF), a non-profit fusing music, chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and non-violence. The HHCF hosts celebrity chess benefits where underserved youth play chess for educational scholarships and engage cultural icons from various backgrounds. WuChess.com will donate a portion of revenues to HHCF to fund scholarships. WuChess gear, including branded game sets and apparel, is available at store.wuchess.com.

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